9 candidates apply for board seat

USD 383 hopes to narrow field in May

By Bryan Richardson

Nine candidates have come forward to fill the vacant USD 383 school board seat.

The school board met Wednesday to discuss how it wanted to handle the upcoming interviews for the seat, vacated by former president Doug Messer last month. The term ends June 2013.

The applicants are as follows:

Na’im Al-Amin, tutor for the Douglas Center tutoring program.

John Ball, Fort Riley mission support element chief.

Mitch Beims, salesman for Tallgrass Commodities and former educator in Kansas and Texas.

Patricia Hudgins, human resource specialist for K-State Student Publications.

James McNair, Sr., financial advisor and retired Army veteran of 26 years.

Keith Miller, research assistant professor of geology at K-State.

Marcia Rozell, tourism sales manager for the Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau.

John Sanborn, Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators executive director.

Beth Tatarko, USD 383 school board member from 2005 to 2009.

The board will use its Wednesday, May 2 meeting to narrow the list after each member selects its top three choices. Interviews are to take place Wednesday, May 9, which will also be the decision date.

For the interviews, the applicants will receive two questions in advance to be submitted Tuesday, May 8: “What do you think is the greatest challenge facing this school district?” and “If you had no budgetary restrictions, what would you most like to see this district accomplish?”

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